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Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Pelotonia. For additional questions, contact us at

General Questions

What changes have you made to the 2020 Ride?

While the need for innovative, fast-tracked cancer research is as urgent today as ever before, we realize that the economic uncertainties and the critical needs of our community are currently overwhelming. As a result of these unprecedented times, we have decided to not enforce Pelotonia fundraising commitments this year. Please note that a payment method will still be collected during the registration process and every dollar raised will continue to fund life-saving cancer research.

When is Pelotonia weekend?

Pelotonia weekend is August 7-9, 2020. Please view the schedule below for the weekend breakdown.

Friday, August 7th: Opening Ceremony (location: McFerson Commons in the Arena District)

Saturday, August 8th: Ride begins for the majority of the routes (25, 45, 55, 75, 100, 135, 155, 180, and 200-mile route)

Sunday, August 9th: Ride continues for 135, 155, 180, and 200-mile routes and starts for 35-mile route.

I want to ride. Are there fundraising requirements?

Below are the recommended non-binding fundraising commitments based on the route you’re riding. Fundraising commitments will not be enforced in 2020; however, we do encourage participants to still set fundraising goals and strive to meet them.

$1,250: Columbus to Pickerington: 25-miles, 1-day ride

$1,500: Granville to New Albany: 35 miles, 1-day ride

$1,500: Columbus to New Albany: 45 miles, 1-day ride

$1,750: New Albany to Gambier: 55 miles, 1-day ride

$2,000: Pickerington to Gambier: 75 miles, 1-day ride

$2,000: Columbus to Gambier: 100 miles, 1-day ride

$2,500: New Albany to Gambier, Gambier to New Albany: 135 miles, 2-day ride with housing

$2,500: Pickerington to Gambier, Gambier to New Albany: 155 miles, 2-day ride with housing

$2,500: Columbus to Gambier, Gambier to New Albany: 180 miles, 2-day ride with housing

$3,000: Columbus to Gambier, Gambier to New Albany (extended): 200 miles, 2-day ride with housing

Pelotonia also offers a 2-day ride option without housing, in addition to the routes listed above:

$1,750: Columbus to Pickerington, Granville to New Albany: 25 miles on Saturday and 35 miles on Sunday, 2-day ride without housing

$2,000: Columbus to New Albany, Granville to New Albany: 45 miles on Saturday and 35 miles on Sunday

$2,500: New Albany to Gambier, Granville to New Albany:  55 miles on Saturday and 35 miles on Sunday, 2-day ride without housing

$2,500: Pickerington to Gambier, Granville to New Albany: 75 miles on Saturday and 35 miles on Sunday, 2-day ride without housing

$2,500: Columbus to Gambier, Granville to New Albany: 100 miles on Saturday and 35 miles on Sunday, 2-day ride without housing

How much is the registration fee for Riders?

There will be no change to the Rider registration fee structure in 2020. The registration fee will remain at $100 until 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020, when the fee will increase to $150, then increase to $200 at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020.

What is a High Roller?

High Rollers are Pelotonia’s biggest fundraisers.  These individuals set big goals and thrive in the quest to make them happen.  It’s not about the minimum with this group.  It’s about doing something big. Really big.

Riders and Virtual Riders can commit to the High Roller non-binding fundraising minimum in their personal profile and will be acknowledged as a High Roller if they maintain a minimum of $5,000 in donations after the fund share period. For more details, please see the High Roller page located under “Fundraising: High Rollers” on the website.

What is a Virtual Rider?

Virtual Riders are individuals who choose to participate in Pelotonia by only fundraising instead of riding or volunteering. There is no registration fee for those who participate as Virtual Riders.

For more details, please see the Virtual Riders page located under “Fundraising: Virtual Riders” on the website. Please note that Volunteers do not need to register as a Virtual Rider should they choose to fundraise.  Volunteers have a personal profile page and access to all of the fundraising tools of a Virtual Rider and Rider.

Why do we ask for your credit card?

Each Rider must pay a non-refundable registration fee that does not count toward his or her minimum fundraising commitment. This is charged to your card when you register.

How do I fundraise?

Pelotonia provides many great tools to help you reach your fundraising goals. When you register, you can create your own customized profile, which allows you to add pictures and tell others why you are riding. Pelotonia also provides a pre-written email, which includes a link to your profile. This email can be found under “Manage My Profile: Solicit Donors /Fundraising Letter.” You can also customize this message and send it to all your contacts.

Please see our Fundraising Tips page to download our Fundraising Toolkit.

What is the fundraising deadline?

Riders, Virtual Riders, and Volunteers have until Friday, October 2, 2020 to raise funds for Pelotonia 20.

Can I use Pelotonia marketing materials for my personal fundraising efforts?

Yes, you are able to use Pelotonia’s logos for your personal fundraising efforts. Please send any final designs that use Pelotonia’s assets to Emily Smith at for approval before publication or production. Please click here to access the Pelotonia 20 Asset Kit.

Can I withdraw from the event?

I acknowledge that I am entitled to cancel my participation as a Rider in Pelotonia at any time during the 2020 calendar year. However, I agree that, even if I cancel my participation as a Rider in Pelotonia, my registration fee is not refundable or transferable and the funds that I have raised as of the date of my cancellation as well as any funds that I raise on or after the date of my cancellation are not refundable to me or my donors. For more information or to withdraw, please email Carolyn Appelhans at

Remember, all Riders have until Friday, October 2, 2020 to reach their non-binding fundraising commitments. If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Appelhans at

Where is the Opening Ceremony?

The Opening Ceremony will be held at McFerson Commons in the Arena District. Click here to view the location on a map.

Where are the Start Lines?

Depending on the route they are registered for, Riders will start at one of the four start locations, as listed below.

25, 45, 100, 180, and 200-mile riders will begin at McFerson Commons in the Arena District in Columbus, OH.

  • 100, 180, and 200-mile Riders will begin to stage at 6:30am and will depart at 7am.
  • 25 and 45-mile Riders will begin to stage at 8:30am and will depart at 9am.

55 and 135-mile Riders will begin at Thirty-One Gifts Headquarters in New Albany, Ohio.

  • 55 and 135-mile Riders will begin to stage at 8:00am and will depart at 8:30am.

75 and 155-mile Riders will begin at Pickerington High School North in Pickerington, OH.

  • 75 and 155-mile riders will being to stage at 7:15am and will depart at 7:45am.

35-mile Riders will begin at Denison University in Granville, OH

  • 35-mile Riders will begin to stage at 8:30am and will depart at 9am.



Riding Questions

What are the routes?

Please visit the Routes page under “The Ride: Route Specifics: Routes” for detailed route information.

Is there a minimum age to ride in Pelotonia?

Yes, you must be at least 14 years of age by Ride Weekend to ride in Pelotonia.  Every minor Rider is required to have an accompanying adult Rider participate with them. The accompanying adult Rider associated with a minor Rider must be registered prior to completing the minor Rider registration, as their Rider ID is requested during the registration process. Minors are allowed to ride any of our route distances, as long as they are accompanied by an adult Rider.

Can I ride a tandem bicycle in Pelotonia?

Yes, but each Rider on the tandem bicycle must register separately and each Rider is asked to meet his/her own individual non-binding fundraising commitment for the route that is chosen.

Can I ride an electric bicycle in Pelotonia?

With the growth of electric bikes and pedal electronics in the biking community, the use of these technologies is welcome in Pelotonia. Please note, though, that no fully motorized bikes which use a throttle are allowed on the Pelotonia route and all electric bikes must have a freely operable pedaling system: rear wheel drive train of pedals, crank, chain and gear system. Current laws in the state of Ohio allow e-bikes to be used anywhere that traditional bikes are used, but please note Pelotonia regulations are subject to any change to state law.

Can I ride with my infant or child?

No, under no circumstances may you ride with an infant or child attached to your bicycle or any other riding apparatus at any time during Pelotonia.

How much training should I do?

We have provided training tips, safety rides, and suggested training rides for preparing for Pelotonia. Please visit the Training Tips page under “The Ride: Training Tips” for more details.

Will there be support or rest stops along the route?

We’ve selected a very scenic route through Central Ohio, keeping in mind that Riders of all levels will be participating. There will be a rest stop every 12 to 20 miles for water, food, mechanical and medical attention. Support vehicles will also patrol the route to provide assistance, if necessary.

Do I have to follow rules of the road?

Yes, please visit the Safety page under “The Ride: Safety” for a complete description of the rules of the road.

Can I allow someone else to ride in my place in Pelotonia?

No. Your registration as a Rider in Pelotonia is never transferable, even if you do not or cannot ride in Pelotonia for any reason whatsoever, including any illness or injury that may limit or preclude your participation. You are not permitted to grant another person the right to ride in Pelotonia in your place under any circumstances.

When does the Ride start?

The majority of our routes will begin on Saturday of Pelotonia weekend. 25, 45, 55, 75, and 100-mile Riders will complete their routes on Saturday. 135, 155, 180, and 200-mile Riders will stay overnight at Kenyon College on Saturday and continue the second portion of their ride on Sunday of Pelotonia weekend.  35-mile Riders will start and finish their route on Sunday.

Peloton Questions

What are Pelotons?

A Peloton is a great way for a group of five or more individuals to share their experience. The Peloton members can include Riders, Virtual Riders, or Volunteers. In addition to the individual member profile pages, a separate Peloton profile page allows you to highlight your Peloton roster and your motivation for riding.

How can I join a Peloton?

To request to join a Peloton, you must select a Peloton from the drop-down during the registration process.  If you didn’t request a Peloton during the registration process, but you meant to, please email and we can get this submitted.

Administrators of the requested Peloton will have the ability to review all of the Peloton member requests. You are not a member of the Peloton until you have been accepted by the Captain.

If you’re looking for a Peloton to join, please check out our Pelotons page.

When is the last day I can join a Peloton?

Peloton Captains must add all Peloton members by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020.

Why can’t I be a member more than one Peloton?

Participants can be a member of only one Peloton because membership can involve sharing funds and funds may only be shared among Peloton members.

Can Pelotonia help connect me to a Peloton?

Yes! Pelotonia would be happy to help connect you to a Peloton that would be a good fit for you based on your location and riding preferences. Please contact Carolyn Appelhans at to get started.

How do I gain support for my Peloton?

There’s no right or wrong way to build momentum for your Peloton, but our staff can help you focus on tips & tricks that are proven to increase engagement. We’ll work with you to establish Peloton guidelines, utilize our resources, set up a recruitment kick-off, design jerseys – really anything you need! Please contact Carolyn Appelhans at to get started.

Can I change the name of my Peloton?

Yes, the Peloton Captain can change the name of your Peloton by emailing Carolyn Appelhans at with the current Peloton name and the new Peloton name.

Can I change the Captain of my Peloton?

Yes, the Peloton Captain can be changed to a new participant by emailing Carolyn Appelhans at with the new Captain’s Rider ID.

Manage My Profile

How do I edit my profile?

To create and edit your profile once you have registered, simply click “Login” at the top right corner of the website and enter the email address and password you created when you registered. This will bring you to the main page on your personal profile.

Personal Story: Don’t forget to add your own personal story or message to be seen by the public at the text box at the center of the screen.  Make sure to hit “Save” after making any changes.

Personal Information: This area will allow you to change your email, password, as well as personal information like name, address, etc.  Please remember that when you change your email address, this changes your login email address as well.

Solicit Donors / Fundraising Letter: Access our sample fundraising letter and feel free to add your own twist.  You can then use this to print or email to potential donors.

Stretch Goal: Why settle for just reaching the minimum? Setting your own stretch goal is a great way to inspire yourself and your donors to make as big of an impact on cancer research as possible.

RSI Challenge: Complete the Rider Safety Initiative (RSI).

There are additional resources within this area including training tips, safety videos, Rider agreements, and more.  Please make sure to review all of these sections.

Volunteer Questions

Do Volunteers have a minimum fundraising commitment?

There is no fundraising requirement for Volunteers but fundraising is certainly encouraged. Just think, if every Volunteer raises just $100, we can donate another $300,000 more toward life-saving cancer research. Volunteers can create a profile, share stories, and use all of the same fundraising tools as riders.

Where and when can I Volunteer?

Pelotonia needs Volunteers throughout Ride Weekend, as well as pre- and post-event, to make everything happen! Volunteers are also able to register as a Summer Assistance Volunteer, indicating general weekday availability, and will be contacted as needs arise throughout the summer. For more detailed locations, activities and shifts, check out the Volunteer Registration page or the volunteer activities descriptions included on this page.

How do I confirm what Volunteer activity I signed up for?

To review the Volunteer activity you are registered for, select “Login/Search” from the upper right-hand corner of the website. Once logged in, under the “Manage My Profile” section in your Volunteer profile, select “Volunteer Activities” to see your selection(s).

How do I switch or delete my Volunteer activity?

Click the “Login/Search” button in the top right-hand corner of the Pelotonia website. Once logged in, under the “Manage My Profile” section in your Volunteer profile, select “Volunteer activities” to edit or delete your selection.

Why won’t the site let me register as a Volunteer if I am already registered as a Rider?

The website recognizes each email address only one time. If you are a registered rider and would also like to register as a Volunteer, please create a Volunteer profile using a separate email address. Please make sure to check both email addresses frequently as important information will be communicated only by email.

What is the minimum age to Volunteer?

You must be at least 14 years old to be a Volunteer. To register as a minor Volunteer, please visit the minor Volunteer registration page.  Please note that minor Volunteers are not permitted to Volunteer at the beer and wine tents.

Can my children accompany me while I Volunteer?

All Volunteers must be registered and the minimum age for Volunteers is 14 years old. Due to liability reasons, please refrain from bringing small children with you during your Volunteer activity. If you would like to have your family join you at a start, rest stop or finish line, we encourage them to come and cheer on Riders. Please arrange for another adult to monitor your children during your shift so that you are able to focus on your Volunteer responsibilities.

What should I wear when volunteering?

All Pelotonia Volunteers will receive a t-shirt upon arrival at their first shift. Please note that if you plan to volunteer for more than one activity or shift you will receive only one t-shirt. In addition to the supplied t-shirt, we suggest wearing lightweight fabrics, comfortable shoes, and sunscreen. Please keep in mind that all activities are outdoors and volunteers will likely be on their feet for a majority of their selected shift(s).

What should I bring when volunteering?

Volunteers are welcome to bring sunscreen, water bottles, a small cooler or snacks, especially if you have any special dietary requirements.

How will I receive further details regarding my Volunteer shift(s)?

Your lead Volunteers for the volunteer activity you selected will contact you with information prior to Pelotonia weekend. The earlier you register, the more often you are likely to hear from your lead Volunteer. If you haven’t heard from your lead volunteer by July 16th or if you have a specific question for your lead volunteer, please contact them. You will be able to find his/her contact information under “My Information: My Volunteer Activities” section when you are logged into your profile.

What is required of a photography Volunteer?

Photography Volunteers should be experienced photographers who are able to provide their own camera and necessary equipment. High-quality cell phone photos are acceptable, from iPhone 10 or later, or a Samsung, LG or Google Pixel released after January 1, 2018. If interested, please send a sample of your work to Lead Volunteer Sarah Wandtke at, and she will provide further information about accessing and registering for these volunteer positions

*Please note: Only Volunteers who have registered through the Pelotonia website will be considered Pelotonia Volunteers and will receive details surrounding their volunteer activity.